Vital Vegas Podcast, Episode 6: Chumlee, Cheese Whiz and Cocktails

Our sixth installment of the Vital Vegas Podcast is live, so let the festival of WTF begin!

Vital Vegas Podcast

Vital Vegas is to podcasting as pig farms are to fragrances.

In this installment of the Vital Vegas Podcast, we purport to chat exclusively with Austin “Chumlee” Russell, of “Pawn Stars” fame, about his recent arrest on charges related to drug and gun possession.

Chumlee

The awkwardness runs deep for fan favorite Chumlee at the moment.

We also superficially discuss the latest Las Vegas news, and trot out some filler in the form of “This Week in Las Vegas History.”

Hard Rock Las Vegas

On March 10, 1995, the world’s first Hard Rock Hotel opened in Las Vegas, bringing with it a slew of rock stars. Which may explain the proliferation of pharmacies on the Las Vegas Strip, if you get our drift.

Our favorite part of this week’s show is an interview with renowned pizza god Tony Gemignani, the aforementioned “cheese whiz” and mastermind behind the best pizza joint in Las Vegas, Pizza Rock.

Tony Gemignani not only tells us how to pronounce his name, he also talks candidly about the International Pizza Expo recently held in Las Vegas, and also shares how he was banned from competing in the World Pizza Championships for winning too often. Gemignani also talks about the potential expansion of his growing pizza empire to the Las Vegas Strip.

Tony Gemignani

Tony Gemignani opened the International School of Pizza and certifies pizza chefs from around the world. This blog is certifiably nuts about Pizza Rock.

This week’s episode also features our quick picks of 10 great bars where one can grab a cocktail in Las Vegas. We break our picks into two parts, one devoted to fancy bars with great views, another consisting of downtown bars that are fun and cheap.

Here’s the list we slapped together in five minutes.

Upscale, Fancy Las Vegas Bars With Stunning Views

1. 107 Sky Lounge at Stratosphere
2. VooDoo Lounge at Rio
3. Eiffel Tower Restaurant at Paris
4. Skyfall at Delano
5. Mandarin Cocktail Bar at Mandarin Oriental

By the way, if it’s views you’re after, check out our list of the 10 Best Views in Las Vegas.

Fun and Cheap Downtown Las Vegas Bars

6. Longbar at The D
7. Triple George Grill
8. Therapy
9. Outdoor bars at Binion’s
10. F. Pigalle

Therapy

The bar at Therapy provides just that. Therapy, that is. Please try and keep up.

Las Vegas simply has too many great bars to make a definitive top 10 list, sorry. But our slapped-together list should keep you busy.

This episode of the Vital Vegas Podcast has as much Las Vegas as it’s physically possible to squeeze into an hour without the use of subliminal messages. Thanks for listening.

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  • Funkhouser_1

    I kinda digged the Claire de Lune background music. You should keep it on a loop in the background, it made your interesting quotient jump like 10 points. BTW Chumlee in that picture bears a striking resemblance to Cook E Jarr, could he be CJ long lost love child?! BTWW you really should do a Cook E Jarr interview on your podcast. Good effort this week. I rate this week’s podcast at a 5X bonus multiplier

    • Cook E Jarr would be awesome, actually. Thanks for the kind words!